Camera Clicks – Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)

I am SOOO excited❣ I know, it’s the little things that make me happy. Flowers have always made me happy. You put some work, a lot or a little, into a plant and they show you love by producing a pretty and sometimes super fragrant blossom such as these:

There are 14 flowers on this baby! One of the unique things about this plant is the flowers only bloom once and only at night.

So I’ve been watching these grow for a couple weeks now and thankfully my husband woke me up after midnight (😴) to tell me they were all open. I forgot to check them before I climbed into bed.

There were so many blooming that you could smell the light Honeysuckle fragrance. Nothing says “Florida” to me more than Orange Blossoms and Honeysuckle 🐝🦋 🌴🌞

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Camera Clicks – Zoo 2

#cutenessoverload
Beautiful sculpture ❣
His hands were mesmerizing to me
1. Pick up stick
2. Taste stick
3. Stick no good, throw it down 🤣🤣🤣
What an interesting fella.
Looks like extra parts put together, poor guy had a limp, lost one of his 2 toes.
Zebra with a Mohawk on its butt! Who knew?!
This cutie! Made his rounds picking up all the fruit, he waved at us as he wondered by.
💘🐢 He was looking for breakfast. #lookinggoodfor50yearold
Not in the mood for company. No Coffee, no talky
The sun was just shining on these lovelies❣
Manatee tail, I never noticed the details of how its constructed before.

Camera Clicks – Washington, DC July 4th

This is about our recent trip and my first time ever going to DC.

To say the least, we had a lot on our minds about what we might encounter because of the constant negative news reports.

Bottom line, we were absolutely surprised at what a great experience we had.

Not once, and I mean this, not once did we encounter militant or disgruntled people; not once!

It was an absolute pleasure to see Our Nations Capital and we are looking forward to going back.

Did we see homeless people sleeping or lounging around a few monuments? Yes. Were they panhandling or begging? Nope.

Honestly, we expected to experience some of what we saw in downtown Boston which was: open use of drugs, mental illness and etc. We were stunned to see people shooting up & smoking meth out in plain sight, not in shadowy corners, I mean straight up in the sunlight at a main corner in downtown Boston. When we visited the famous Boston Commons, mental illness and homeless were prevalent.

So when we ubered to Union Station on the Tuesday before the 4th, we saw homeless people milling about and thought “ok, eyes open people” because you just never know.

We walked around the White House. We saw a couple groups protesting waving signs, but they weren’t what we expected. They were “peacefully” holding signs and talking amongst themselves.

We walked through them to get a picture of us in front of this amazing symbol of our Rights. Not one person gave us a second look, much less shouted at us or had anything negative to say.

Well, wasn’t that surprising? Yes it sure was. We remarked to each other that “maybe the news reports have exaggerated a bit”? Its not to say there aren’t times it gets super passionate.

We sure expected it be super passionate because it was July 4th and Our President was speaking in a couple days on the steps of the Lincoln Monument.

We stayed in and around DC for 7 days and not once did we experience any of the political craziness that we expected.

So I say all that to say, “What an Amazing Experience!”We got to see and experience things that we’d only ever read about or seen on TV. I cannot adequately describe the amount of renewed Pride, I have for being an American!

Here are some pictures of our trip: